Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Quaker Strike Duo in Eligibility Poser

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Quaker Strike Duo in Eligibility Poser

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Chesterfield 0 Darlington 0

DARLINGTON strike duo Danny Carlton and Liam Hatch will have to sit out today's game with Bury, unless the club can clarify whether they are eligible to play, writes RAY SIMPSON.

The on-loan duo were dramatically withdrawn less than two hours before Saturday's goalless draw at Chesterfield, because doubts arose as to whether they should play, because their parent clubs had become creditors of Darlington.

Peterborough's Hatch and Carlton, of Carlisle, were allowed to stay at Darlington when the club went into administration because they had been signed on loan until the end of the season.

But that was when they were expected to be paid, and now there may be complications. However, the matter is unlikely to bring a further points deduction for Darlington.

"We withdrew them as a precaution. It was our decision," said manager Dave Penney. "We were told we might be fined if they played. We probably won't be able to clarify it by Monday.

"Our points deduction for going into administration, and players not being paid, are just the tip of the iceberg at this club. It's one thing after another." Against that backdrop a hastily reshuffled Darlington side produced a performance full of character against a Chesterfield side battling for a play-off berth. Players and fans pulled together in a rousing way and, but for agile Chesterfield keeper Tommy Lee, Darlington would have returned home with three points. Lee saved well from winger Adam Griffin and then excelled when keeping out a piledriver from Franz Burgmeier.

In the second half Quakers were again accurate with long-range efforts, Lee diving to his left to parry Pawel Abbott's dipping shot, before gathering a drive from David Poole at the second attempt.

And when Lee looked beaten by Jason Kennedy's shot late in the game, the ball was deflected for a corner by defender Jared Wilson.

Chesterfield came close nine minutes from time when Scott Boden's header struck the post, but for most of the game they failed to get past a defence superbly led by Alan White. …

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